Students impress, win competition with eco-friendly artwork

Eight Garland ISD elementary school students recently impressed and inspired with their talent and creativity. The Knights, Tigers and Wranglers won the City of Garland’s Recycled Art Competition in April, receiving commendation and cash prizes.

“Every student who participated is a winner, and we are so proud of what the children learned about the environment and showcased in their artwork,” said City of Garland Environmental Outreach representative Tiana Lightfoot Svendsen. “We hope the children see materials in a new way and feel inspired to extend the life of more material through upcycling, reuse and recycling.”

Entries were divided into two categories—lower and upper elementary—and judged on their use of recyclable materials, artistic value and effectiveness at promoting an environmental message. First, second and third-place winners were announced during Garland’s Earth Day Celebration and awarded $250, $150 and $100 Visa gift card prizes, respectively.

“The students did an outstanding job of turning what would have been trash into artistic treasures, and we hope you will congratulate them on their amazing creations,” Lightfoot Svendsen stated. 

Congratulations to the following winners from Carver and Roach elementary schools, as well as Kimberlin Academy for Excellence. See this year’s recycled art creations on the City of Garland’s YouTube page.

Kindergarten through second-grade category

  • First – Isabella Zamora, Roach Elementary School, $250 prize
  • Second – Eden Gonzales, Carver Elementary School, $150 prize
  • Third – Brooklyn Handley, Kimberlin Academy for Excellence, $100 prize

Third through fifth-grade category

  • First – Ivan Zamora, Roach Elementary School, $250 prize
  • Second – Mia Andrea, Kimberlin Academy for Excellence, $150 prize
  • Third – Gizelle Prudencio, Isabella Anaya and Taber Torres, Kimberlin Academy for Excellence, $100 prize


Photos courtesy of Tiana Lightfoot Svendsen.